How to Spot and Handle a Heat Stroke

Posted On : August 3, 2018   In ,

  Now that it’s August, you might be thinking that summer is over with all of the back-to-school activities that are taking place. However, here in central Texas, we’re right in the dog days of summer.  Like most busy families and young Austinites, you’re probably always on the go. With so many activities to attend and so many outdoor adventures to go on, it’s important to know the signs of a heat stroke, and how to handle one.  First, what exactly is a heat stroke? According to Merriam-Webster:  Heatstroke: a life-threatening condition marked especially by cessation of sweating, extremely high body temperature, and collapse

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The Dirt on Hand Sanitizers

Posted On : March 30, 2018   In , ,

Hand sanitizer seems like the perfect solution for a busy mom on the go, an employee in a fast-paced environment or a hands-on coach of little athletes. Does this quick and convenient sanitizer really keep you out of harm’s way by killing 99.9% of germs as advertised? We’ve tracked down the nitty gritty details of just how effective hand sanitizer is, as well as the true and false facts of this hand-held wonder. Scientists and researchers have proven that hand sanitizers do in fact kill 99.9% of germs, but these studies have been performed on inanimate surfaces. Although it is

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Heart-Healthy Tomato Soup from Scratch

Posted On : February 23, 2018   In , ,

Cold, rainy days are good for one thing: staying inside and whipping up a warm meal for you and your loved ones. Today’s recipe is not only easy and tasty, it’s also great for your heart! Research says, “A tomato a day keeps the heart doctor away!”, so we’re making tomato soup from scratch. The bright red color of tomatoes comes from lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps to keep cells healthy. Lycopene has been shown to lower bad cholesterol, which in turn lowers the risk of blood clotting and stroke. Tomatoes are also a great source of

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Family Health 101: Asthma

Posted On : June 29, 2017   In , , , ,

Over 25 million people in the U.S. have asthma. Asthma is a common lung condition with any age group. It causes breathing problems such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. When someone breathes from their nose or mouth, air travels from the trachea (windpipe) through the bronchial tubes and into the lungs and back out. If any of those airways become narrow, the lungs cannot get adequate oxygen. People with asthma are very sensitive to everyday conditions such as cigarette smoke, pollen, dust, weather and even exercise. These are called “triggers.” These triggers can cause an asthmatic’s airways to

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Family Health 101: Appendicitis

Posted On : May 19, 2017   In ,

Stomach pain is one of the most common reasons patients visit the emergency room. It is also one of the most complicated symptoms to diagnose. There can be a number of reasons that cause abdominal pain. (Click here) to read more about what to expect when you visit Family ER with abdominal pain. Based on the patient’s examination, if the pain is localized to the lower right side, chances are it may be the appendix. Appendix Function The appendix is a finger-sized organ attached to the large intestine. It is where the small and large intestines meet. Although the actual

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Family Health 101: Kidney Stones

Posted On : April 12, 2017   In

Kidney stones are a common emergency room visit. One in twenty people will have this unfortunate experience at least once in their lifetime. Many times, people may not even know they have them. Before we can talk about what kidney stones are we need to talk about the basic function of the kidneys. Kidney Function. The main function is acting as a filtration system to sift out waste products in our bloodstream. Unfiltered blood enters the kidneys through the renal artery and branches out to millions of nephrons that clean out the blood. It returns filtered blood back to the

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What to Expect: When your doctor says you need a CT Scan

Posted On : December 16, 2016   In , , , ,

The Basics A CT Scan (computerized tomography) or CAT (computed axial tomography) is a noninvasive, painless procedure that uses X-Rays in combination with computer technology to produce high-resolution images of the inside of the body. The images produced display the body’s bones, blood vessels and soft tissue organs, in much greater detail than standard X-Rays. This allows doctors to visually, assess the severity of an injury or illness. CT Scanners use an X-Ray technique that creates cross-sectional images, often called slices (think of a sliced loaf of bread). All of our Family Emergency Room locations have state-of-the-art, 64-slice CT scanners.

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What to expect: Abdominal Pain

Posted On : July 28, 2016   In , , ,

Any condition that warrants a trip to the emergency room is scary. Especially when you’re not sure what’s going on with your body. All you know is that your stomach hurts. Abdominal pain is one of the top reasons people visit the ER. However, it is also one of the hardest conditions to diagnosis since there are so many different reasons that can cause stomach pain. Here is a quick run down of what to expect should you have to visit a Family Emergency Room due to abdominal pain. Arrival Upon arrival to any Family ER location, our friendly staff will ask you a couple

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